October 23, 2019

Elk Country Conservation Month Coming to Bass Pro Shops

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—For the ninth year in a row, Bass Pro Shops will show its support for elk, elk habitat and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation by sponsoring Elk Country Conservation Month in August.

“We are grateful for and appreciate the support of an organization that is such a devoted conservation partner,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “Bass Pro Shops has shown again and again that in addition to its on-going work involving fish and wildlife habitat improvements, conservation and outdoor skills education, and conservation advocacy, that it remains a committed supporter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.”

During the entire month of August, in-store patrons who visit Bass Pro Shops across the United States can “round up for elk country,” or, in other words, round up their purchases to support RMEF’s conservation efforts.

“We want to give our customers the opportunity to contribute to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its great mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage,” said Martin Mac Donald, Bass Pro Shops director of conservation. “Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris also established a matching donation program from Bass Pro to Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. We donate an additional 50 percent of the cumulative customer donations during the month of August.”

Since 1984, RMEF and its partners have completed 9,556 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects with a combined value of more than $987.3 million. These projects have protected or enhanced more than 6.6 million acres of habitat and have opened or secured public access to 772,110 acres.

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Field & Stream’s Licata to Keynote Sportsmen’s Alliance Rally

Press Release from the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance:

Anthony Licata, the Editor-in-Chief of Field & Stream and Editorial Director of Outdoor Life and SHOT Business, will be the keynote speaker at the “Save Our Heritage Rally” for the Sportsmen’s Alliance on Sept. 19 at the Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus, Ohio.

“We’re thrilled to have Anthony as our keynote speaker for this year’s rally. Not only does he oversee the production of the country’s top outdoor magazines, he walks the walk by being a passionate and accomplished outdoorsman. He also understands the challenges that outdoorsmen face today, which makes him an ideal speaker for our biggest event of the year,” said Sportsmen’s Alliance President and CEO, Nick Pinizzotto.

In his role at Bonnier Outdoor Group, Licata oversees all content production – print, digital and video – for Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and SHOT Business. Licata started his career at Field & Stream in 1999 and has held the Editor-in-Chief position since 2007.

He has overseen record audience growth for all the brands in the Bonnier Outdoor group and led the titles to numerous awards, including two National Magazine General Excellence Awards for Field & Stream – the most prestigious in magazine journalism.

Licata grew up hunting and fishing in rural Northeast Pennsylvania, and although he has hunted and fished all over the world, bowhunting for whitetails at home with his family and friends is still his favorite outdoors activity. Helping hunters lead important conservation work and recruiting new participants to these sports are two of his most important goals.

The “Save Our Heritage Rally,” dedicates all proceeds to the protection of hunting, fishing and trapping from legislation, ballot initiatives and court battles waged by animal rights and anti-hunting groups.

The rally features raffles, live and silent auctions, games and a catered dinner. Dozens of firearms, trophy guided hunts for everything from black bears to alligators and a $10,000 grand-prize giveaway sponsored by B&N Coal are up for grabs. Doors open at 3 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $50 or you can reserve a table of 10 for $500. Each ticket includes dinner and entry into the $10,000 grand-prize drawing.

Click here to purchase tickets now.

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Black Americans Must Defend, Enhance Their Freedom

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

Juneteenth Emancipation Anniversary Offers Chance to Assess How Government Infringes on Rights, Opportunities

WASHINGTON, DC — On “Juneteenth,” the oldest and most-popular observance of the end of slavery in the United States, members of the Project 21 black leadership network call upon their fellow black Americans to use the civil rights-themed holiday as a tool to assess how they can take full advantage of the freedoms and opportunities their predecessors lacked.

They also call upon all Americans to consider how their liberties must be secured against an ever-expanding government policies that can limit them.

Juneteenth, now an official holiday or observance in at least 40 states, is Friday, June 19.

“Because of their attitudes, thoughts and behaviors — in addition to corresponding political loyalties — blacks today willingly volunteer themselves to an emotional, intellectual and spiritual form of slavery. Though physically free, this current bondage has seen blacks forfeit almost every aspect of their lives to government control,” said Project 21 member Derryck Green, a doctoral candidate living in the Los Angeles area. “By faithfully supporting big-government policies that diminish, control and deliver sub-standard opportunities for blacks as well as increase the black underclass, destroy families and encourage dependency, blacks are ceding their freedom to the same sort of oppressive control that slaves escaped 150 years ago.”

Juneteenth commemorates the anniversary of the arrival of Union troops in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. Those soldiers informed residents there that the Civil War was over and that President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had already abolished slavery two-and-a-half years earlier.

In the years that followed, Galveston’s former slave population celebrated their newfound freedom on the anniversary of this day. The event became known as Juneteenth. The commemoration became a stabilizing and motivating presence for black Texans who experienced new uncertainties associated with their release from bondage and their integration into American society.

The observance of Juneteenth, and the event’s emphasis on self-improvement and advancement, soon spread from Texas to be recognized in communities across the United States. While Juneteenth is often celebrated as a festive event with picnics and parades, there is still an emphasis on self-improvement and education that is considered an integral part of the overall observance.

“As Americans, we relish any opportunity to celebrate freedom — and the festivities surrounding Juneteenth are no exception,” said Project 21 member Stacy Washington, a radio talk show host in St. Louis. “As we gather in fellowship, let’s extend our focus to include fresh ideas and viewpoints such as school choice and a smaller, less intrusive government. As a minority group, blacks have made fantastic achievements. Yet those gains are slipping away as more and more children are born out of wedlock and present black fathers are a rare commodity. This Juneteenth, let’s resolve to reverse that trend.”

With public attention currently focused on the size and scope of government and its intrusion into daily life and peoples’ privacy — be it government surveillance tactics, expanded police power or regulatory mandates that often disrupt business and personal affairs — Project 21 members are suggesting black Americans pay special attention to how freedom and opportunity may be at risk because of government overreach. They should also consider what they can do — by themselves or by working with others — to bring about reform that will increase and protect freedom.

“After 150 years of freedom from racial oppression, including 50 years of massive government intervention and entitlements, this anniversary of Juneteenth might best be spent in collective discussions among black Americans about what things continue to retard full participation in the American way of life,” said Project 21 member Joe Hicks , a former executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Los Angeles resident. “The Great Society programs launched by white liberals produced millions of government checks and amounted to the most ambitious redistribution of wealth in the nation’s history. But what if this and other liberal efforts such as minimum wage laws and affirmative action actually hurt black Americans’ aspirations? After all these efforts, there is persistent black joblessness and poverty, a yawning black-white learning gap and shocking black-on-black homicide levels in cities such as Baltimore and Chicago. This June 19th, given the cultural and political crisis that haunts black communities nationwide, perhaps Juneteenth discussions should be about the extent of harm caused by government programs and handouts.”

“Blacks must realize our basic freedoms have never been more under attack in the modern era than they seem to be now,” said Project 21 member Kevin Martin, a Navy veteran from suburban Washington, D.C. “Blacks suffered the brunt of the Great Recession and were left behind by a jobless recovery, yet it is the progressives who oversaw this debacle who claim to have our best interests at heart. Black conservatives must be like those Union soldiers of 150 years ago in bringing word that blacks no longer need to unquestionably embrace progressive policies. They need to teach that, through conservative tenets of self-reliance and educational choice, we can achieve and maintain our freedom.”

“In the spirit of Juneteenth, I rededicate myself to the one freedom I’ve defended my entire life: the freedom to be safe from private thugs and overreaching government,” said Project 21 member Nadra Enzi, a community policing activist living in New Orleans. “I rededicate myself to trying to preserve my small strand of the legacy which sustained American blacks that now seems all but unraveled in too many communities. The lesson Juneteenth teaches me is that freedoms are ours to safeguard or lose. I choose to guard my freedoms — starting with safety!”

In 2014 and 2015, Project 21 members have thus far been interviewed or cited by the media over 2,500 times — including on TVOne, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Fox News Channel, Westwood One, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, SiriusXM satellite radio and 50,000-watt talk radio stations such as WBZ-Boston and KDKA-Pittsburgh — on issues that include civil rights, entitlement programs, the economy, race preferences, education and corporate social responsibility. Project 21 has participated in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding race preferences and voting rights and defended voter ID laws at the United Nations. Its volunteer members come from all walks of life and are not salaried political professionals.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org).

Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

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RMEF Team Elk Now Available for Free on CarbonTV

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to announce an agreement with CarbonTV that allows online viewers the ability to watch the first three seasons of RMEF Team Elk for free.

“This is an excellent opportunity for us to reach a broader audience of elk hunters and conservationists,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “There is real value in making RMEF Team Elk available beyond its seasonal airings on Outdoor Channel.”

Launched in 2013, CarbonTV describes itself as the premier online video destination for premium outdoor-themed shows and engaging personalities with a mission to provide the best quality and exclusive content covering the widest range of topics to the outdoor enthusiast.

Viewers can watch their favorite outdoor shows for free, 24/7 on www.carbontv.com. Since RMEF Team Elk is part of CarbonTV’s ambassador program, RMEF will receive a $1 donation for each viewer who subscribes to CarbonTV, again at no charge, through this link (http://bit.ly/1I2CESt).

RMEF Team Elk will be available for viewing on CarbonTV beginning Monday, June 1. It currently airs Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 1 a.m., Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 p.m. (all times ET) on the Outdoor Channel.

Presented by Cabela’s and hosted by Brandon Bates, RMEF Team Elk focuses on elk, elk habitat and elk hunting. Other sponsors include Archer Xtreme, Browning, Buck Knives, Danner, Eberlestock, Flextone, goHUNT.com, Grizzly Sleeping Bags, Montana Canvas, New Holland, Nosler, onXMaps Team Hunt, Peak, PSE Archery, Sitka, Yamaha, YETI Coolers and Zeiss.

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“And I’m Proud to be an American”

“Where at least I know I’m free”…to be forced to where women’s clothes.

From my cold, dead hands….

ROTCHighHeels

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Booth Sales Now Open for 2015 RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—Booth sales are now open for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s newly revamped Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Exposition, presented by Cabela’s. The Expo will expand to a 10-day show coinciding with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and take place December 3-12, 2015, in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

“We are excited for the new layout and expanded partnership with Las Vegas Events that places the Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo under the same roof as the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “The inclusion of elements, including the rodeo arena, from last year’s Cowboy FanFest within our show floor will be a big attraction for attendees and benefit our exhibitors.”

To accommodate the longer stay of exhibitors RMEF, along with our partners at Las Vegas Events, are pleased to offer heavily discounted room rates at the newly renovated Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, which is connected to the LVCC. There are also special RMEF room rates at The Mirage, as well as a daily shuttle service to the LVCC.

The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show and Cowboy Fan Fest welcomed a record of more than 200,000 visitors in 2014.

“The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show is extremely popular for outdoor and western lifestyle folks. Sharing the same location and integration of what was the Cowboy FanFest into both shows allows RMEF to draw on that popularity in better improving our outreach while also providing the potential for both shows to expand into more than 900,000 square feet of space for vendors and attendees to enjoy,” added Decker.

In addition to expanding to 10 days, the show hours have been moved up one hour to 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Both shows are free admission and open to the public.

Go here for more specific information about attendee demographics, hotel pricing, reservations and other details.

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Deadline Approaching for Maine Moose Lottery

Press Release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife:

The deadline to apply for the Maine Moose Lottery is fast approaching, and hunters who want the chance to hunt moose in Maine need to mail or deliver their paper application by April 1, 2015. Online applicants have until 11:59 on May 14, 2015 to apply for the moose lottery.

Online and paper applications are available at www.mefishwildlife.com. Hunters can print and mail their paper application, deliver it to IFW headquarters at 284 State Street in Augusta or can easily apply directly online.

Long-time lottery applicants who continue to apply have a better chance at winning due to changes in the lottery implemented in 2012.

Bonus points are awarded for each consecutive year the applicant has applied for the lottery since 1998 without being selected and each bonus point gives the applicant an additional chance in the drawing.

Bonus points are earned at the rate of one per year for years one to five, two per year for years six to 10, three per year for years 11 to 15 and 10 per year for years 16 and beyond.

Since 2011, applicants can skip a year and not lose their bonus points. So if they applied in 2013 but not in 2014, they still have their points available if they apply in 2015.

The moose permit drawing drawing will take place on June 13, 2015 at the Moose Festival in Bethel, Maine. To learn more about the three-day festival, please visit www.bethelmainemoosefest.com

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Eastern Maine Sportsman Show

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Hunter Christmas Expo to Join Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in Las Vegas

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Hunter Christmas Exposition will join the popular Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in relocating to the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center beginning in 2015. The show, which runs concurrently with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, is set for Dec. 3-12, 2015. The hours of operation in 2015 will also move up one hour to 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. PT.

To add to the overall experience, Hunter Christmas Expo will expand from four days to a full ten days in 2015, with a goal to become the most successful outdoor and hunting-related consumer expo in the United States.

“We had remarkable success with our inaugural Hunter Christmas Expo last December thanks to record attendance of approximately 28,000,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We view this new partnership of being in the same location as the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show as a win-win for our exhibitors and attendees.”

“Based on overall demand, growth potential and the ability to partner with RMEF Hunter Christmas Expo, Las Vegas Events has made the decision to move the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show to the South Halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center beginning in 2015,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events.

The move to the South Halls and the partnership between the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show and Hunter Christmas provides the potential to grow the shows to more than 900,000 square feet of exhibit, retail and interactive space.

The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show and Cowboy FanFest brought record crowds to the Las Vegas Convention Center over the ten days in 2014. Total attendance reached 200,179, surpassing the previous record attendance of 196,856 set in 2013.

RMEF will also hold its Elk Camp national convention at The Mirage Dec. 3-6 in Las Vegas.

Sold out for 280 consecutive performances, the Wrangler NFR attracts the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding as they compete for a share of the $10 million purse. Qualification is based on the 2015 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Standings.

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Elk Camp Closes, Record Expo Attendance

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.-Fresh off closing out a highly successful national convention, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is setting a course toward 2015 with a goal of better carrying out its mission.

“We felt a rush of adrenaline and increased enthusiasm from our dedicated volunteers, members and conservation partners who attended Elk Camp from across the nation,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We will harness that energy and surge forward as we expand our conservation efforts in doing even more to improve future of elk and elk country.”

Elk Camp’s evening events were at capacity Dec. 4-7 at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Among the highlights was Saturday’s Volunteer Fun Night which included special RMEF recognition of top individuals, chapters and states for their passionate efforts to raise funds to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

Performances by country music artists Daryle Singletary, Easton Corbin, and a memorable guitar pull featuring Tracy Lawrence, Chuck Wicks and Mark Wills provided quality entertainment. RMEF also hosted live feeds of the National Finals Rodeo. Legendary cowboys including Ty Murray and Dan Mortensen, and current cowboys like Chris Shivers took part in RMEF events and autograph sessions as did hunting personalities Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, Pat and Nicole Reeve, Randy Newberg, and Brandon Bates and Kristy Titus from RMEF Team Elk.

Attendance for the inaugural Hunter Christmas Exposition, presented by Cabela’s, was approximately 28,000 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. That figure broke the previous all-time high of 23,000 for an Elk Camp-related expo set in Albuquerque in 2001. The 2013 expo, also held in Las Vegas, drew approximately 12,000 attendees.

“We are grateful for such a strong show of support of our sponsor partners and the exhibitors who believe in us and our mission,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of marketing. “We are preparing to announce some exciting changes related to the next Hunter Christmas, but we cannot yet go into details.”

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